The National Library of France is a public institution which since 1537 keeps the works and publications printed under the "legal deposit".
Long located rue Richelieu, in the 2nd arrondissement of the capital, its main site since 1995 located quai François Mauriac, in the 13th district (neighborhood of Tolbiac).
Launched in 1989, the site of this new entity designed by the architect Dominique Perrault lasted five years. The premises are in the form of a horizontal platform constituting a 60,000 m² esplanade at the corners of which stand four tall towers of 22 stories high evoking open books.
The books are stored in the basement of the esplanade and in the upper floors of the towers. Reading rooms, offices, galleries and concert halls are also available.
The modernist daring of architecture is coupled with a great capacity: besides a garden of one hectare, the figures give the tournis. Named François-Mitterrand in tribute to the President of the Republic who initiated its construction, the library includes 54,000 m² of reading rooms, 57,000 m² of shops and 400 linear km of shelves.
The public institution has other sites dedicated to conservation (Arsenal Library, Opera Library, etc.).
The François-Mitterrand Library is open to the general public (from the age of 16). Heritage collections (old books, manuscripts) are however accessible only to researchers on proof.
Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10h to 19h and Sunday from 13h to 19h. Closed Mondays and holidays. Visit "architecture and heritage": 3 euros. Visit with access to exhibitions: 7 and 9 euros. Information on +33 1 53 79 49 49.